Category Archives: sex abuse

Bishop Accountability

Liam linked word of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on bishop accountability. I haven’t found the actual text yet, but I’m sure it’s soon to be out. I noticed this: … the competent Congregation of the Roman Curia may initiate … Continue reading

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Aborted Assignment

Rocco whispered this news on his Twitter feed, and I’m perched between¬†disappointment and acceptance on reading it. (Archbishop John) Nienstedt quietly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement … Continue reading

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Persistence of Bad Vision

I continue to be amazed at the persistent misreading of the John Jay Report by many online Catholics. Just recently, a priest blogger offered an off-hand comment that “most of the sex abuse by priests was against young men.” I … Continue reading

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Apology, Liturgy, and Mercy

I notice my former diocese (2002-08) is offering personal apologies for sex abuse and conducting prayer services on that theme through June 2016. A parish where I served is hosting the first liturgy, and Archbishop Naumann is presiding. The Crux … Continue reading

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The Five Proposals

The council of nine offered five proposals on accountability. From the Vatican Radio site: The text concludes with a list of five specific proposals made to the Holy Father, which are listed below.¬† It is proposed: 1.¬† That because the … Continue reading

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Talking Past

While I no longer comment on other sites, I do follow the occasional thread of interest. dotCommonweal has close to forty comments following Grant Gallicho’s piece on Cardinal O’Brien. I was struck by this exchange today between Bernard Dauenhauer and … Continue reading

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Two Bishops Compared

In Australia, on the sex-abuse cover-up scandal, praise for the sacked bishop and jeers for the prelate promoted to head up the Church’s change-purse. From Frank Brennan: We’ve never been given a coherent rationale for Pope Benedict’s sacking of (Bishop) … Continue reading

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